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Letter: Congress, Biden must not hurt Utah’s tech sector | News, Sports, Jobs

Utah’s efforts to establish itself as one of the top technology hubs in the United States are working. The tech industry represents 9.6% of Utah’s workforce and directly adds $20.1 billion to our economy. Yet some elected officials are pursuing anti-innovation legislation that will threaten the potential of the tech industry. As we rise to the top of the tech hubs, tech companies and entrepreneurs want to feel safe establishing Utah as their home base and know that Utah officials will continue to support policies that promote technology. ‘technological innovation.

Additionally, a new poll by NetChoice, an organization dedicated to securing the internet for free enterprise and expression, found that 61% of Americans say the economy is the nation’s biggest problem today. . At a time of record inflation, voters fear tech regulation will raise prices, and 89% say Congress should focus on managing inflation rather than breaking up big tech companies. So why are elected officials pushing anti-innovation bills that will harm the industry by contributing billions to our economy and creating thousands of jobs in Utah, only to increase the financial burden on consumers? This legislation will weaken our competitiveness and diminish the ability of advanced technology companies to invest in the future. Congress needs to listen to voters and focus on high priority issues like the economy and inflation, not add to it. Utah should continue to be a place where tech talent, investors, educators, and businesses thrive.

Abdel Vazquez



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Mary Cashion

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